An appreciating asset is something we all want. Some rise and some fall, and successfully selecting not only a car you love but also one that will increase in value is something to be rather proud of. In the case of the iconic Pagoda-top Mercedes series — the 230SL, the 250SL, and the 280SL models — although the 250 had lower production numbers, the higher-performance 280SL is the collector’s choice. For discerning collectors of the beautiful E-type, the once-somewhat-unappreciated coupé is now being recognized, as is evident by the extraordinary auction prices being achieved, with several new records set in Australia. Quality, provenance, and performance are the three areas to diligently pursue. Catherine Davison, Mossgreen-webb’s Collectors’ Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia specialist.
Building a race car is a rite of passage for many motor-sport enthusiasts. It may make more sense to buy one ready to go, but building one yourself, or having it built, imparts a huge sense of fulfilment. You soon become familiar with each nut and bolt, the processes required for certain tasks, and begin to develop a much bigger respect for the talented individuals who do this day to day — it isn’t easy, but it’s tremendously rewarding. For many, though, there simply isn’t the education available to enable you to build a race car yourself, given you should not attempt it if you aren’t sufficiently competent at the skills required, as the speeds you’re likely to travel in competition require the highest level of safety. There also isn’t anywhere around that outlines the processes required to get your road-going vehicle race ready, so for most, there’s no clear direction to take. In this racepreparation article, we will outline the build stages to think about before you get out on the blacktop.